Fennel and Orange Salad / Insalata di Finocchio ed Arancia
Serves 4 to 6
This Sicilian salad is colorful and unusual. My grandmother used to tell us that when there was nothing to eat in Sicily, there were always tarocchi, or blood oranges, so called because of their deep red color. Blood oranges are available in late June and early July, but when I can’t get them, I use navel oranges.
- 6 medium blood or navel oranges
- 1 medium bulb fennel, trimmed and cut into thin strips
- 2 tablespoons finely minced fennel leaves
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup whole, pitted kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup Filippo Berio extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Romaine lettuce leaves
- Peel the oranges and remove as much of the pith (white membrane) as possible. Slice the oranges into thin rounds and place them in a shallow dish, slightly overlapping them. Sprinkle over the fennel strips, fennel leaves, and walnuts. Drizzle the olive oil over, and sprinkle with salt and cracked pepper. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let the salad stand at room temperature for several hours. Every so often, tilt and turn the dish so that the oil and juices that have collected flow over and around the oranges.
- To serve, arrange the salad on a bed of Romaine lettuce. Sprinkle nuts and olives onto oranges and pour the juices over it.
This recipe was featured on Season 20 - Episode 2012.